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RITES OF PASSAGE

Wicca in New Zealand

Rites of Passage

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      Many religions place heavy emphasis on celebrating and ritualizing important transitions and rites of passages during the lifetime of an individual. In most cases, Wicca is no exception. Wiccan traditions uniquely observe rites of passage in ways that incorporate profound symbolism embodying the ways in which an individual deepens her or his relationship and connection with the earth, with their community, and with the divinity within themselves.

Note: Not all Wiccans celebrate rites of passage, but the following are typical for most traditions within Traditional Craft Wiccan (TCW) and many other groups. They may also be known by different names in different groups

WICCANINGS (NAMINGS)

COMING OF AGE

THE INITIATION

HANDFASTING (MARRIAGES)

HANDPARTING (DIVORCE)

ELDERINGS/ CRONING AND SAGING

PASSING OVER/ BURIAL OF THE DEAD